Baby Name Timeline: 1990s

Baby Name Timeline 1990s

The baby names below saw sudden changes in usage during the 1990s thanks to the influence of historical events. I’ve written explanatory blog posts about some of them — please click the links to learn more!

To check out history-influenced baby names from other decades, visit the baby name timeline main page.

1999

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  • 1999 News: Shykemmia, Millennium, Nerses
  • 1999 Movie characters: Neo, Trinity, Amidala, Anjali, Kiara, Sincere, Sabian
  • 1999 TV characters: Felicity, Ezri, Verania, Preciosa, Tyreke, Piper, Ransel
  • 1999 TV contestant: Itzanami
  • 1999 TV personalities: Emeril, Kaia, Ruthie, Amaya
  • 1999 Actors: Tionne, Litzy
  • 1999 Singers: Tyrese, Rahzel
  • 1999 Rapper: Sole
  • 1999 Musical album: Mohogany
  • 1999 Sports: Cauy, Ukari, Peerless, Cade, Quartey
  • 1999 Products: Envy, Dasani
  • 1999 Brand: Sephora
  • 1999 Celebrity babies: Selah, Ronan

1998

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  • 1998 News: Inaara, Tiger, Monica
  • 1998 Movie characters: Mulan, Cinque, Skylar, Danyael, Ronin, Korben
  • 1998 Movie: Amistad
  • 1998 TV characters: Dawson, Pacey, Lyta, Selena, Catera, Rosaisela, Gia, Giamarie, Diavian, Ally, Dharma
  • 1998 TV contestant: Brannon
  • 1998 TV personalities: Tsianina, Iyanla, Kameelah, Timber, Kalle
  • 1998 Video game character: Aeris
  • 1998 Actors: Charlize, Aniston, Calista, Madchen, Naydelin, Ariyon, Adamari, Landry, Stellan, Jensen
  • 1998 African-American magazines: Zyshonne
  • 1998 Songs: Adia
  • 1998 Singers: Beyonce, Mya, Envyi, Celine
  • 1998 Rappers: Jadakiss, Mystikal, Camron
  • 1998 Musical group: Phajja
  • 1998 Music festival: Lilith
  • 1998 Sports: Jelani, Zidane, Nomar, Picabo, Bode, McGwire, Dhani, Dameyune, Nazr, Tavian, Jeter
  • 1998 Celebrity babies: Sailor, Seven, Zion

1997

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  • 1997 News: Dodi, Jonbenet, Versace, Ennis
  • 1997 Movie characters: Maguire, Cross
  • 1997 TV characters: Yulissa, Sarek, Belanna
  • 1997 TV show: Odyssey
  • 1997 TV personalities: Flora, Syrus
  • 1997 Video game character: Talazia
  • 1997 Actors: Djimon, Vivica, Tahj
  • 1997 Literary character: Sheccid
  • 1997 Song: Vidalia
  • 1997 Singers: Erykah, Fey, Rahsaan, Zakiya, Trace
  • 1997 Rappers: Nas, Makaveli
  • 1997 Producer: Dupri
  • 1997 Musical group: Jamiroquai
  • 1997 Sports: Denilson, Livan, Tanyon, Ripken, Brevin, Tiger, Juwan
  • 1997 Products: Allure, Tresor, Millennia, Naya

1996

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  • 1996 Movie characters: Sera, Nomi, Miette
  • 1996 Movies: Jumanji, Diabolique
  • 1996 TV characters: Xena, Sabrina, Moesha, Ohagi, Aeon
  • 1996 TV personality: Jacinda, Kiana
  • 1996 Video game characters: Sindel, Stryker
  • 1996 Actors: Quindon, Mykelti, Brosnan, Neve, Zaria
  • 1996 Song: Rebeccalynn
  • 1996 Singers: Monifah, Tamia, Syleena, Json
  • 1996 Musical group: Mazzy
  • 1996 African-American magazines: Savasia
  • 1996 Rapper: Amaru
  • 1996 Sports: Jaycie, Keyshawn, Deion, Cal, Kordell, Dominique
  • 1996 Products: Millenia, Catera
  • 1996 Celebrity baby: Ireland
  • 1996 Beauty queen: Banelly

1995

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  • 1995 News: Baylee, Selena, Arnelle, Kaelin, Annanicole
  • 1995 Movie characters: Raynathan, Anakin, Mufasa, Sarabi, Nala, Lestat, Khaila, Tristan, Lane, Tuff, Lyric
  • 1995 TV characters: Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Fox, Chakotay, Kes, Delenn, Corvina, Alondra, Jamilex, Maitland, Morelia, Deianeira, Tia, Tamera
  • 1995 TV personality: Maty
  • 1995 TV talk show guest: Gajuan
  • 1995 Video game character: Jax, Morrigan
  • 1995 Actors: Mekhi, Tramanh, Khalil, Trini
  • 1995 Songs: Adalida, Alize
  • 1995 Singers: Alanis, Montell, Desree, Iridian, Saadiq, Kci, Monteco, Dangelo, Jailene
  • 1995 Rapper: Notorious
  • 1995 Musical group: Oasis
  • 1995 Sports: Mattingly, Galaxy, Rashaan, Natrone, Kijana, Latrell
  • 1995 Product: Natori
  • 1995 Celebrity baby: Aquinnah
  • 1995 Beauty queens: Aishwarya, Chelsi
  • 1995 Model: Brescia

1994

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  • 1994 News: Ylenia, Fergie, Camera, Menachem, Kerrigan
  • 1994 Movie characters: Simba, Roemello, Draven, Lelaina, Caine, Jonah, Wyatt, Miklo, Justice
  • 1994 Movie: Seattle
  • 1994 TV characters: Topanga, Danesha, Keanda, Jadzia, Keemo, Synclaire, Regine, Tangie, Marimar, Dalia, Zana, Clarisa, Elide, Brisco, Maris
  • 1994 TV show: Malibu
  • 1994 TV personalities: Idalis, Ricki, Siani
  • 1994 Video game characters: Kitana, Mileena, Kanen, Jagar
  • 1994 Actors: Jurnee, Jocqui, Shemar, Itati, Larenz, Tyrin, Nohely
  • 1994 African-American magazine: Ziyadah
  • 1994 Singers: Aaliyah, Danzig, Rajanee, Braxton
  • 1994 Rappers: Shyheim, Raekwon, Jeru
  • 1994 Sports: Baggio, Kiwane, Voshon, Barkley, Oksana, Troy, Romario, Daulton
  • 1994 Product: Ajee
  • 1994 Beauty queens: Blancaestela, Limairy
  • 1994 Model: Neriah

1993

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  • 1993 News: Brandonlee, Thurgood, Yoandra, Asmara, Kynara, Shanythia, Drazen
  • 1993 Politics: Hillary, Chelsea, Karenna
  • 1993 Movie characters: Strange, Fischer, Crysta, Raheem, Quincy, Diquan, Savon, Chance
  • 1993 TV characters: Rosangelica, Kassandra, Yaritza, Khadijah, Mistica, Guadalupe, Jagger, Queen
  • 1993 TV show: Tribeca
  • 1993 TV personality: Eilish
  • 1993 TV talk show guest: Hydeia
  • 1993 TV commercials: Kebrina, Kalene, Kia
  • 1993 Video game character: Raiden
  • 1993 Actors: Halle, Coraima, Marisa, Faizon, Mayim, Tiffaniamber, Tichina, Solmayra
  • 1993 Singers: Manee, Thalia, Selena
  • 1993 Rapper: Tupac, Shakur, Dre
  • 1993 Musical groups: Zhane, Silk, Cypress
  • 1993 Sports: Tamarick, Riddick
  • 1993 Products: Dijonnaise, Tavist, Kenya
  • 1993 Beauty queens: Jessuly, Dayanara
  • 1993 Models: Vendela, Tylyn, Niki

1992

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  • 1992 News: Nayirah, Iniki, Cheltzie, Aissa
  • 1992 Immigration: Ilirida
  • 1992 Politics: Yeltsin, Hillary, Chelsea
  • 1992 Movie characters: Zandalee, Uniqua, Peyton, Sonora, Darian, Vada, Bishop
  • 1992 TV characters: Drucilla, Oneisha, Marielena, Laquita, Eleni, Clarissa
  • 1992 TV personalities: Montel, Myrka, Branford
  • 1992 Video game character: Cage
  • 1992 Actor: Khalil
  • 1992 Writer: Endesha
  • 1992 Singers: Dajae, Adeva, Devante, Dalvin, Wanya, Shanice, Billyray
  • 1992 Musician: Yanni
  • 1992 Musical groups: Shomari, Tesla
  • 1992 Sports: Agassi, Silken, Anfernee, Qadry, Jalen, Dikembe, Justice
  • 1992 Products: Lahana, Safari, Elantra
  • 1992 Celebrity baby: Scout
  • 1992 Celebrity related: Akeiba
  • 1992 Beauty queens: Leanza, Dusharme

1991

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  • 1991 News: Khalea, Wachovia, Stevieray
  • 1991 War: Eritrea, Riyadh, Dhahran
  • 1991 Immigration: Liridon, Liridona
  • 1991 Movie characters: Clarke, Indigo, Furious, Tre
  • 1991 TV characters: Marimar, Novian, Tyriq, Dylan, Mckay, Emilce, Ceara
  • 1991 TV contestant: Symba, Alaetra
  • 1991 TV personality: Keenen
  • 1991 Actors: Ajai, Aeryk, Demi, Bryton, Jaleel
  • 1991 Literary character: Raistlin
  • 1991 Songs: Iesha, Shakiyla, Fancy
  • 1991 Singers: Mariah, Starleana, Shelby, Quayshaun
  • 1991 Musical groups: Jodeci, Jomanda, Quest
  • 1991 Sports: Drexler, Arantxa
  • 1991 Products: Samsara, Diamante, Infiniti
  • 1991 Model: Deprise

1990

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  • 1990 News: Mandela, Zenani, Avianca, Tyski, Tantania
  • 1990 War: Saddam
  • 1990 Movie characters: Ariel, Mlynn, Kaneesha, Gage, Storm, Carson
  • 1990 TV characters: Isamar, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Decker, Genele, Stryker, Shauni, Rubi
  • 1990 TV personality: Tkeyah
  • 1990 Actors: Keanu, Macaulay, Markie, Shanygne, Glenne, Ravensymone, Amairani, Denzel, Neilpatrick
  • 1990 Literary character: Kitiara
  • 1990 Songs: Angelia, Patience, Shaniqua, Shakiyla
  • 1990 Singers: Alannah, Tevin, Latifah, Sinead, Samuelle, Trinere, Tyka, Devoe, Milira, Matraca, Lakim
  • 1990 Sports: Isiah, Okoye, Raghib, Zina
  • 1990 Products: Eternity, Lexus, Xeryus
  • 1990 Celebrity baby: Langley
  • 1990 Model: Kimora